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July 26, 2005

Funeral crashing Lt. Governor issues "apology"

Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll who crashed the funeral of a marine, so she could campaign and lambaste the war in Iraq, issued the following “apology” to the family...

Dear Mrs. Goodrich,

I am writing to further apologize and clarify what happened at the funeral of your beloved husband, Joseph. As a wife and mother, I can only imagine how difficult it must be to lose your husband so suddenly. As an adored member of your family and one of Pennsylvania's sons serving with soldiers from across the commonwealth, SSGT Joseph Goodrich is one of the nation's heroes.

As I said in my phone message to Rhonda, after I learned through press reports that your family was offended by my attendance, I was incredibly upset. I wanted to assure you once again that my intention was not to add to what must be a tremendously heartbreaking, difficult period.

The war on terror is an immensely personal conflict for the thousands of people whose families continue to serve with honor, and I have attended dozens of funerals to offer my sympathy and condolences to the families of soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

My heart and prayers are with your family, and to the families of all the men and women serving the cause of freedom in the fight against terror. I unfortunately did not arrive at the church services for SSGT Goodrich's funeral in time to offer my personal condolences to you. As I also mentioned on Rhonda's phone message, as I do with many Pennsylvanians I meet, I offered my business card so she could contact me, and as a sign of my willingness to help the family through this difficult time in any way I can. To do anything that was deemed insensitive was completely counter to my intent.

Sergeant Goodrich's service was beyond the call of duty. If my regard for his family's grief was seen another way, it is thoroughly regrettable. The fact that you have been offended deserves and receives my most profound apology.

I will continue to support our troops in my role as lieutenant governor and support our president as an American. That I somehow conveyed an impression that was interpreted as other than that will forever be saddening and upsetting to me.

Again, please accept my heartfelt apology and deepest sympathy.

Sincerely,

Catherine Baker Knoll
Lieutenant Governor

In other words, if the family got offended — it's their own fault, not hers. Blathering about how heroic and noble a soldier was, is meaningless if you claim the war he died in is wrong.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin (also here), Jack Kelly, Right Wing News, WizBang, Outside the Beltway, BlackFive

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 26, 2005 08:50 AM

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